Why Doing Yoga Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution in 2020
Now that your New Year's hangover is (hopefully) over, you're probably feeling that extra pressure to get off your couch and into the gym.
Sweating it out at the gym or on a run is important, but don't forget to be gentle to your body and mind this year too.
One of the ways you can do this is through yoga — restorative yoga. No crazy twists or headstands here, people.
To learn more about this practice, I reached out to Holly Biggs, a therapeutic and adaptive yoga instructor at Del Sol Community Wellness in Loveland.
Biggs strives to make sure that her yoga classes are inclusive, meaning that you don't have to have a certain skill level or body type to do the practice.
"I really wanted to teach yoga for people that either had larger bodies or didn't think that they could do yoga," said Biggs. "I've had to adapt a lot of the yoga poses over the years as my body has ebbed and flowed in shape and flexibility."
Her classes are broken into four types of yoga: restorative, Nidra, yin, and slow flow.
Restorative yoga involves "falling" into a pose, often with the aid of pillows and blankets, for several minutes at a time, allowing for stillness and relaxation.
Nidra is referred to as a "yogic sleep." According to Biggs, just 20 minutes of guided Nidra meditation is equivalent to four and a half hours of regular sleep.
Yin allows you to meet your edge with deep stretching, which helps you to lengthen and strengthen your muscles.
Slow flow incorporates more motion than the other three practices by involving flows from one pose to another. However, as the name implies, it's all done slowly.
While these practices are all physically beneficial, they are also mentally enriching. Restorative yoga is a judgement-free zone, serving as a reminder to be kind to yourself.
This forgiving attitude is part of what makes doing yoga a good New Year's resolution. It is a tool to help you grow — you cannot fail at it.
"When you're making resolutions, the first thing people do is...they judge themselves," said Biggs. "Be kind to yourself. [Yoga] helps you come out of judgement more. You can be in more appreciation of what your body can do, regardless of what it looks like."
To learn more about restorative yoga and its benefits, listen to the full "Tuned In to NoCo" interview with Holly Biggs below.